Flight Path Area Rock Climbing
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HUMAN WASTE Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council and the AAC provides free "wag bags" in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking area).
There are a number of new climbs on the upper tiers/ledges of this area on the left side of the Flight Path area (Raptor Tower). The new climbs up high are varied in both quality as well as style, which makes for a fabulous day of climbing and adventure. Some of the routes here have a few spots of questionable rock down low, but don't judge the climbs until you've gotten up past the first 10-20 feet; they mostly get very high quality and fun the rest of the way up and several are really fabulous climbs. It is in a beautiful location and several of the climbs take one to the summit of Raptor Tower which gives amazing views of the both the loop road as well as the titillating Stick Gully found behind.
After leaving the parking area, walk about 15 minutes and start looking right (well before reaching Brass Wall) for a climber's path that heads uphill on red sand/rock. This path is eroded, trek poles are helpful. Once you reach the height of land you'll see a recently installed barbed wire fence. Take a left and follow the fence uphill (towards the Straight Shooter Wall) to its end, then take a right and head Northeast along the base of the cliffs. The angle of the slope here is unforgiving and loose, which makes this part of the approach tedious. After about 10 minutes you'll cross a wash with a very large boulder, and a few minutes past this reach the left end of the Flight Path area. This approach takes about 45 minutes.
For the routes found on the upper tiers/ledges, there are four ways to reach them:
1. The fastest way is to climb the dirty gully directly above the Idaho routes. Solo (or rope up) any of the Idaho named routes and then begin to climb the gully directly above. Easy scrambling gives way to a dirty and chossy chimney which is best climbed delicately if using the interior feature of the chimney, or it can be stemmed on good rock. This leads to a final very exposed 5th class move which involves stepping across from atop a pedestal to a dead vertical face with decent feet and a large sturdy boulder atop just within arms reach. Good holds are found atop the boulder or around the right side of the boulder. Once here, a final 30 foot continuation up the broken-up gully leads to Falcon Ledge.
2. Climb "Doin' the Good Drive" or "Car Talk" and from the bolted anchors, traverse over on exposed 4th class terrain directly above and to the left of "Commuted Sentence." The traverse eats up small cams.
3. Climb "Commuted Sentence" and top out on the ledge.
4. Climb the first pitch of "Raptor Tower" to gain Falcon Ledge.
Classic Climbing Routes at Flight Path Area
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